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Just for Today

Today is a gift. Open it carefully. As it unfolds, remember to avoid diving into any situation or decision too rashly.

Trust your instincts and honor your feelings as you go about your day. Remain as positive about each of your present moments as you can (even if certain situations or interactions feel difficult).

This present moment is the “present” that the Universe has provided for you. Remember to align your thinking with what you’d like to create in your life. Your ability to shape your reality with your thoughts, feelings, intentions and actions is a remarkable gift.

If there are any difficult lessons to be learned today, remember that they, too, can be a gift.

This focus on today is integral part of traditional Japanese Reiki. Mikao Usui, who formalized the Reiki healing system, included a set of guiding Principles that can be beneficial for anyone to remember each day:

Just for today, do not worry.

Just for today, do not anger.

Honor your parents, teachers and elders.

Earn your living honestly.

Show gratitude to every living thing.

Just for today, also remember that you are a remarkable child of God. Express gratitude not only to your Higher Power, but also to everyone and everything in your life. Sometimes are blessings come in disguise, and therefore, some of the people who challenge us the most are also turn out to be our greatest teachers.

As spiritual author Louise Hay says on one of her affirmation cards: “My life is a mirror. The people in my life are really mirrors of me. This affords me the opportunity grow and change.”

If you experience a difficult interaction with someone – or are reminded of a painful relationship from the past – focus on the lesson learned and forgive yourself for any mistakes you might have made. Remember to also set the intention of forgiving everyone involved.

Whenever you experience a disturbing emotion rise to the surface, stop and reflect on your thinking patterns. Are you talking to yourself positively in the present moment? Or are you dwelling on might-have-beens and could-go-wrongs?

If so, instead begin shifting your thinking into what you’d really like to create in your life. Talk to yourself with loving and encouraging words – not just for today, but for always.

 Copyright, 2014, Wellspring Reiki & Hypnotherapy